HITCHIN ...... are you there ?

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pastasauce
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HITCHIN ...... are you there ?

Postby pastasauce » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:59 pm

Anyone on the forum from Hitchin, or local to it ?

Let me know if you want to meet up for an off road ride, evenings or weekends .....................

I do the the Pirton/ Offley/ Charlton loop with occasional forays further to Barton on a regular basis.

Also Thet, Woburn, etc ....

I'm 38 and averagely fit :lol:

Come on, I know you're out there ....... !

Cheers

:D

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Postby nonnac85 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 20:47 pm

Im in Bedford area - ride at Chicksands / Woburn / Thetford / Cannock.

There are some pretty decent rides around Ampthill / Millbrook area if you fancy coming over this way any time.
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Postby pastasauce » Wed Jul 21, 2010 07:44 am

Cheers fella, might take you up on that ...

Would like to have some riding contacts in Hitchin as well, or very local surrounds.

Theres loads of the buggers and most are riding alone so theres plenty of scope for a casual group of riders wanting an inpromtu evening spin or longer weekend type of thing ....

I know theres stuff going on in Baldock and Harpenden, but thats no good for a regular ride. And besides, the rides out from Hitchin are really good for XC.

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Postby Ferenc » Sat Jul 24, 2010 18:59 pm

I am a way away in Enfield but would love to come up your way for a ride. Its one overland train for me. What you up to next weekend?

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Hitchin XC

Postby johnhighfield » Sun Jul 25, 2010 21:03 pm

Hi Pastasauce

Between 4-6 of us go out from Hitchin on a regular basis every Sunday @ 8.30am for about 2.5hrs & do about 22-25 mi XC on the tracks.

We meet outside the Pine Hill Hospital, Bensloe Lane, in Hitchin & one of us (Mark) knows many routes around the area. We do the Offley loop - with variations - & today did a 24mi circular route - Hitchin - Charlton - Preston - Whitwell - Langley - Titmore Green - Little Wymondly - & back to Hitchin. 90% on tracks joined up by bits of road.

We dont do pub or cafe stops - just an off-road thrash!

All comers are welcome!

John

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Postby upinsmoke » Mon Jul 26, 2010 23:22 pm

I'm in Letchworth. That Sunday morning blast sounds good. (Not this weekend as I'm up in Scotland)

Hopefully I'll catch some of you soon.

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Postby johnhighfield » Tue Jul 27, 2010 22:05 pm

Hi Upinsmoke

A few of us are from Letchworth but we joined up with a few fellow Sunday morningers we met on the tracks as they know far more routes.

Hope to see you sometime soon.

John

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Postby pastasauce » Thu Jul 29, 2010 19:40 pm

John.

That sounds good, especially as I live at the bottom of Benslow lane ........

Am tied up this Sunday but hopefully can make the 8th.

I'll be at the top at 0830 so keep an eye out for me ....... !

Cheers

:D

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Postby nikstar1 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:19 pm

I live in Welwyn but unfortunately I am at Uni for the next 2 years finishing my degree!! Completely agree witht he rideouts in Hitchin though as they are fantastic!

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Rides around Hitchin

Postby johnhighfield » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:26 am

Hi Pastasauce

We looked out for you this morning & waited about 10 mins but could not see you! Please confirm by PM or posting if your out next Sunday so we dont miss you.

Incidentally - Pine Hill Hospital is near Hitchin Station so if any bikers out from London by train want a spin around the North Herts tracks they are welcome to join us. Post here or PM me & we will meet you at the station.

Regards - John

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Postby Ferenc » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:45 pm

Hi guys! I would be keen to meet up with you this Sunday if there is a get together? I will be coming up from Enfield by train but can be there for 8:30AM? :)

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Hitchin Sunday Ride

Postby johnhighfield » Tue Aug 17, 2010 21:55 pm

Hi FERENC

I can meet you at Hitchin station at 8.30am on Sunday. Please let me know if you are unable to make it.

John

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Postby Ferenc » Wed Aug 18, 2010 09:50 am

Hi John, I will be there around 8:30. If I dont make it I will let you know before hand and will also try and kick myself up the butt too! :D

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Postby Ferenc » Wed Aug 18, 2010 09:58 am

just having a look at rail times...I can meet you at 8 AM or 8:45 AM. Which would be better for you John?

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Postby Eyon » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:53 am

Hi Guys,

I around Cambridge and am just getting into MTB. Got an average bike and am of average fitness. Been riding through the red/black thetford routes but want to get out and explore more. Planning to go to to Chicksands some time.

Any chance I could tag along for a ride? what sort of time do you generally finish? I live about 45 mins drive away.

Thanks
Ian

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Hitchin Sunday Ride

Postby johnhighfield » Wed Aug 18, 2010 20:27 pm

Hi Ferenc
I would go for the 8.00am then if the train is late you would still be in time for an 8.30 start. I can also meet you a bit earlier than 8.30 & show you where we usually start from which is a few minutes away.

John

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Hitchin Sunday Ride

Postby johnhighfield » Wed Aug 18, 2010 20:36 pm

HI Eyon

Your welcome. We start at 8.30am & normally finish 11-11.30 & do about 22 miles. We dont go mad but keep up a reasonable pace without stopping for cafe or pub stops.

Let me know if you are definitely coming & I will PM you & tell you where to park as I live a few miles away fron the meeting point.

John

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Postby Eyon » Wed Aug 18, 2010 22:18 pm

Sadly not this week John, just found out I am being dragged off to do other things this weekend by the girlfriend, unfortunately. However if you do it every weekend, the weekend following this one I'd like to come along. I'll PM you closer to the time!

Thanks
Ian

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Postby nonnac85 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 22:04 pm

if its trails you are after, the ones at chicksands are in a poor state at the mo. it is more about 4x racing and the mini-dh type runs.
there are trails through the woods and its not a large area to get lost in but wont keep you busy for long
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Hitchin Ride

Postby johnhighfield » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:43 am

Hi nannac85

Yes I have been to Chicksands & its a great place! We are just trying to keep it local here having a regular ride out in the surrounding countryside without the need for getting the car out.

There's a few other groups around in Harpenden & Beds (OTT & Silly Grin) who look as if they do attractive stuff - but it means loading the bike on the car which I am trying to avoid.

8.30 Sunday morning outside Pine Hill Hospital (near Hitchin Rail station) is the time for anyone interested........

John


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